Los Angeles Preps: North Carolina

Ribet knocks off Village Christian

February, 24, 2012
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SUN VALLEY -- There has been plenty of hype surrounding Tyler Dorsey and his emergence as one of the Southland's top underclassman this season. And after seeing the freshman from Los Angeles Ribet Academy in action on Friday, it turns out the advanced billing was indeed worthy.

Sun Valley Village Christian early on had no answer for Dorsey, who had 11 points in the first quarter. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 6-foot-4 guard finished with 26 points to guide the visiting Frogs to a 64-52 victory in a Southern Section Division 5-A semifinal.

“Yeah, I have heard all of the talk about me, but I try not to worry about it,'' Dorsey said. “My focus is working hard on my game, that's it, and letting everything else fall into place.''

Who is going to argue with his game plan? The strategy, after all, has worked out particularly well this season. Dorsey is averaging 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists per game. On the defensive end of the floor, he's no slouch and averages more than two steals and a block per game.

Keep in mind, we're talking about a ninth-grader who plays beyond his years.

“I know he's young, but honestly, I don't worry about Tyler when he's out there on the floor,'' Frogs coach William Middlebrooks said. “He was under some pressure tonight, in a big environment, and I think he handled himself. He doesn't play like like a freshman, not in my book.''

Middlebrooks is not the only individual who has been impressed with the play of Dorsey. Division I college coaches and scouts appear to be enamored with the upside he possesses.

Arizona put a scholarship offer on the table for Dorsey over the summer. USC offered him on Tuesday. Duke, North Carolina and Louisville are among the other programs interested.

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Look At Them Now: Derrick Williams

January, 27, 2011
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Derrick WilliamsEthan Miller/Getty ImagesLa Mirada graduate Derrick Williams has worked himself into the national spotlight, leading Arizona with sights set on the NBA.

There was a time, a few short years ago in fact, when it appeared as if Derrick Williams was somewhat of an afterthought on the college basketball landscape.

Those days, however, are long gone.

Williams worked his way into the rotation at Arizona as freshman last season and the La Mirada High graduate has been a fixture in the lineup for the Wildcats ever since. His averages of 19 points and eight rebounds per game this season are indications of his worth.

Heading into Thursday night's Pac-10 Conference game against UCLA on ESPN2, the future appears to be bright for the 6-foot-8 sophomore. His upside is seemingly limitless at the Division I level, and perhaps beyond, something that could not be said a while back.

To gain a better understanding of just how far Williams has come, perhaps it is best to take a brief look back at how it all began. Right here in the Southland, of course.

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